Sri Lanka bowler Akila Dananjaya banned from bowling for one year

The Statesman

The Statesman

Author 2019-09-20 12:09:00

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Sri Lankan cricketer Akila Dananjaya in action during a practice session ahead of the 1st T20 match between India and Sri Lanka at Barabati Stadium, Cuttack on Dec 19, 2017. (Photo: Surjeet Yadav/IANS)

Sri Lanka spinner Akila Dananjaya was on Thursday banned from bowling in international cricket for 12 months following an independent assessment of his action, an International Cricket Council (ICC) statement said.

The 25-year-old was assessed after the legality of his bowling action came under question by match officials in the first test against New Zealand in Galle from August 14-18.

The bowler subsequently underwent the independent assessment in Chennai on 29 August, which revealed that he employed an illegal bowling action.

Dananjaya was originally suspended from bowling in December 2018. Following remedial work on his bowling action, he was reassessed and permitted to resume bowling in February 2019.

As the latest report constitutes the player’s second report within a two-year period, the first of which led to a suspension, he is automatically suspended from bowling in international cricket for a period of 12 months.

Dananjaya will be entitled to approach the ICC for a re-assessment of his bowling action after the expiry of this one-year period.

Dananjaya has played 36 ODIs and 6 Tests for Sri Lanka and has claimed 51 and 33 wickets, respectively. His best bowling figure in 50-over format is 6 for 29.

The right-arm spinner has also taken 22 wickets in 22 T20Is, he has played.

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